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  1. I live in Santa Clara county, so I was going to do my annual California's Great America trip. I'm trying to think of who to spend it with because while I have lots of good friends, a good amusement park companion is a different feat. Will they ride this? Will they mind going on water rides? How much will they pack? Those kind of things.

     

    I am not going to visit Six Flags Discovery Kingdom this year. My last visit was kinda meh. Even with the RMC Joker, I just feel their lineup is full of shuttle coasters, and full length coasters that feel like shuttle coasters (superman). Also the layout is so weird, I just don't have fun there.

     

    I might go to Six Flags Magic Mountain this year and Universal Studios Hollywood, but we'll see.

  2. I went to Cedar Point once and on that day, TTD was a walk on, but Gemini, Iron Dragon, and Corkscrew had longer waits. I think Magnum is still very popular but I think it's something people don't rush to. It's not large crowds entering the ride at one and when people do go to the queue of Magnum, it's already clearing up the people in the station waiting to ride.

     

    At California's Great America, my current home park, you'll often see Grizzly really popular, even when it's only running two or three trains. Meanwhile, there are times when Flight Desk and Patriot will be a walk on, like 15 minutes minutes for a front row seat. The Demon has two row seating, but never is as popular as The Grizzly. I think this might be because kids love The Grizzly, it's the icon for them in the park. Especially since a lot of kids have to grow into Demon to be cool with going upside down, and with Grizzly, they don't worry about that. Flight Deck and Patriot are lucky to have seating that takes in so many people, so that's my theory on why those are usually walk ons.

     

    Kings Dominion used to be one of the parks that I'd go to a lot when I was living on the East Coast. Dominator, Volcano, Shockwave, Backlot Stunt Coaster, and Flight of Fear would get these large waits but Intimidator 305 would never ever be crowded. I think the GP have rides that they feel are too scary. I feel they look at I305 like a housewife looks at scientology after watching a documentary on it, it terrifies them. But also BLSC, Volcano, Shockwave and FOF all have low capacity.

     

    I've noticed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg that you'll often see Alpengeist as a walk on and that baffles me. It's like people forget it's there, but it's always such a fun ride. Nessie, Apollo's Charriot, and Verbolten are always more popular. Even when BBW was there, I'd remember it having longer waits than Alpengeist. I don't really know why this happens, it could be because Alpengeist's entrance isn't as easy to find? It also does have good capacity.

  3. Couldn't find a better photo of it, but this version of the Big Bad Wolf logo is my favorite wordmark for a roller coaster as I love the way it takes the form of a wolf's face, with the L having that bit at the end that creates the mouth of a wolf. I'd call it a ligature, but it doesn't necessarily connect any letters with the L, but I just love it regardless.

     

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    I also love this logo for Journey to Atlantis. I mean it just embodies this sense of adventure which i love

     

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  4. Although it now doesn't have any rides other than a show residing in it, I absolutely love The Lost Continent. The facade for PA is so beautiful. I also used to love The Amity Island themed land. It wasn't over-the-top, and that's probably why I liked it.

     

    I love all the themed areas in Epcot, but I just absolutely love Future World. I mean it's funny that I'd choose this because it's not something that is unique or too unique, but I love it. The dome, the pavilions, I like the look of the area

  5. ^That's cool, I was also there the day of the Eclipse, if you saw a guy with an Atlanta Falcons hat then you saw me.

    My Family got stuck in Pittsburgh traffic on our way after watching the Falcons Steelers Preseason game so we didn't get started until 11 on a day it was only open till 8. My mom did end up loving Gatekeeper since she hadn't come with us to the point since 07' when Maverick opened. From other peoples comments it does seem that Gatekeeper seems to be loved by the women Imo.

    Valravn was about an hr and a half to where I got a middle front row as a single rider missing a corner seat only because the gate shut before someone moved. I also didn't realize the crap ride ops have to take, 2 high schoolers next to me argued about being able to hold their phones in their hands instead of their pockets in which the ride op handled the situation greatly though the one claimed he'd beat the ride ops A$$ if something happened it. After standing in line in front of the 2 idiots for over an hour I had enough to where I said,"you won't do yit" and he backed down. The ride op did look thankful though because these 2 kids were holding up the whole ride. Other than that I didn't run into any other problems.

    For the ppl who thought Blue Streak was riding rough this yr, it didn't seem to bother me in my rides in it. Rode Rougarou in the back row like I usually do and still love this ride, it's way better than Mantis and above average floorless. Raptor was actually worse on my parents than Rougarou. Millennium was 45 mins though it was listed at over an hr. I waited 2 hrs for Maverick which was running as good as ever. Gemini just loses something when its not racing and it seemed a lot more rough than the last time I was there. I had a great ride on Magnum and left it there not to jinx it for me, it's usually hit or miss for me. Dragster opened up after a long downtown and we only waited 25 minutes and got back row which was only a train wait so it wouldn't break down before we got on. It's not like King da Ka where if you sit in the back you'd be in pain from the roughness and getting thrown into the shoulder restraints. With just under 2 hrs left we ended up riding Millennium 3 more times. I was the 2nd to last train in the back which was great. It was a a really relaxed day at the Point and it was great

     

    lol I was lowkey dehydrated because I was an idiot who only drank water from water fountains I could find, but that's probably why I found Wicked Twister, and Blue Streak a little much for myself. I got a migraine from Magnum unfortunately, which didn't help in the heat and it just got worse from there. Some rides didn't bother my head much, but Blue Streak rattled me a little bit, but Wicked Twister was really much for me. The motion of going through those curved twists are really forceful, but it was too much for myself. I did notice Gemini a little rough now that you mention it. I actually had high hopes for Gemini, I just wish I remembered it more

  6. I went to Cedar Point on the day of the Eclipse, and I managed to get onto every roller coaster which was great because I only had one day. My first rollercoaster was Millennium Force, operations were very slow, but it was still only about a 15 minute wait. Afterwards I tried out Rougarou second, and usually I don't try for the front row unless I am sure that I have enough time which today I was rushing through credits, but there was only 8 people ahead of me and 3 trains going, so I rode front row. Rougarou was definitely good. I enjoyed everything about it, the pacing, the drop, it was a really good floorless. Iron Dragon was next which had a surprisingly longer line than I expected, I enjoyed it to an extent, after the second drop it gets a bit more fun. Magnum XL 200 was the next coaster, by the way I am aware many people adore this ride so I don't want to be too harsh, but I just couldn't enjoy it. I felt pain, and I got a headache right after it. The forces on that ride are incredible though, so I'll give it that. After that ride, I went onto Gemini which was not dueling that day. The ride was fun, I don't remember much other than liking the helix and bunny hills. After that I went on Maverick which had the longest wait of the day, and I heard people warn me about the "roughness" of the ride, I felt no pain and thought it was incredible. Afterwards I went on Thunder Canyon and was shocked by how wet the ride actually is. No rapids, but waterfall after waterfall. Luckily it was hot outside. After that I went onto Cedar Creek Mine Ride which was lackluster for a Mine Train coaster in my opinion, and it's sad because I love those type of rides. After that I went onto Corkscrew which was definitely a rough ride. Man I didn't expect such a small coaster to be so painful. That hill after the drop is brutal. From there I headed to Wicked Twister which I didn't like at all. I felt a bit queasy from the attraction which is sad because it was my first Intamin Shuttle, and I expected it be similar to Volcano at King's Dominion, but I just wasn't feeling the ride. I did GateKeeper after that which didn't really impress me much at all. I don't know, I mean it was cool, but I felt like it wasn't unique enough for me to remember it much. After that side of the park, I moved over to Raptor/BlueStreak/Valvrayn(spelling?), and I did Blue Streak first. The ride was jerky, but fun. I don't know, it could've been better, but it wasn't terrible. Raptor was phenomenal up until the breakrun where I hit my head really hard, but it didn't take away from it being superb. Absolutely loved it. Ever since I was a kid I had wanted to ride it because that lime green colour intrigued me. Valvryn was good, not as good to me as say Griffon/Sheikra, but it was fun. I bought a retro Cedar Point t-shirt that was only $16.00(which as a graphic designer, I couldn't not buy it, the wordmark is so beautiful), so that was great. Took one last spin on Dragster, and ended my day.

     

    Notes:)

    Dragster looks like a one-trick pony, but that one-trick is so good that it doesn't matter. That drop is mighty high, and that feeling when you go down it is incredible, never felt that way before.

     

    MF is wonderful, but I remember riding Intimidator 305 during it's opening season and hearing many comparisons because of the height, but now as I finally got to ride this; I don't understand the comparisons. They're very different rides. MF is a scenic journey full of airtime hills and speed. Intimidator is only about speed, and being low to the ground with some airtime here and there. I can't compare them because thety're so different. Intimidator feels more like Skyrush to me.

     

    The Wicked Twister side of the park was very dead, whole park was actually, but this side particular. It's strange because Gatekeeper, Windseeker, Delirium, and WT are all big rides and every single one was a walk on.

     

    The whole park was really dead, which makes sense because it was a monday.

  7. Whoa Whoa Whoa...why is everyone loving on this ride!!?!??! This is no different from the Super Loops that everyone hated on! Oh and btw, this park ALREADY HAS A SUPER LOOP!!! AHH!!! Coaster people, come on!!!

    My exact thoughts, especially if they are adding "coaster" onto everything. We already have a looper, V2, Superman, and Cobra for really short, forward & backward coaster experiences. Looks like a fun addition but between my two home parks in the Bay I'm going with Cedar Fair, as Trailblazer & Hangtime at Knotts looks awesome.

     

    I was thinking this same thing, but for me it's still a new thing for my bucket list. Even if it is another forward/backward ride in a park full of shuttle coasters, and pendulum rides. I don't understand the addition of the larson loop though, I feel like they could've stalled that year, introduced Joker the next year, and then introduce this as the only larson-loop like attraction. Even though I'd argue in saying that Superman feels a bit like a large-scale gravity based larson loop, so all of these additions in that aspect feel a bit arbitrary. It's a shame that the park keeps adding shuttle coasters, and flat rides that base their thrill on going forward/backwards. I mean we have V2, Boomerang, Superman, Hammerhead Shark, and Dare-Devil already.

  8. As I live in San Francisco right now, I'm going to say Psycho Mouse at California's Great America. It's only because the ride itself has such a large queue, and I never found it to be a quality ride to wait for. As for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, I cannot stand Kong, and therefore I never ride it. Also I've never ridden V2. It's always been down everytime I've gone.

     

    Now when I lived back in Maryland. . . I would always skip Hurler at Kings Dominion. I'd also skip Ricochet. I try not to skip Avalanche, but sometimes the queue makes me skip it more times then I'd like to, but I do not ride Hurler. At Hershey Park, I don't ride Sidewinder or their Wild Mouse coaster. I don't ride Tidal Force either because I would prefer not to be sopping wet.

  9. First Coaster: Skyliner at Lakemont Park

    First Looping Coaster: SuperlooperDuper at HP

    First Dueling Coaster: Lightning Racers at HP (also first GCI)

    First Standup: Shockwave at King's Dominion

    First and Only RMC: Joker's Revenge at Six Flag's Discovery Kingdom

    First Launched Coaster: Rockn' Roller Coaster at Disney Studios

    First & Only B&M Flying Coaster: Mako at Seaworld Orlando

    First Water Coaster: Journey to Atlantis at Seaworld Orlando

    First Hyper: Superman Ride of Steel at Six Flags America

    First Suspended: Big Bad Wolf at Busch Gardens

    First Arrow: Matterhorn at Disneyland

    First Vekoma Flying Coaster: Batwing at Six Flag's America

    First Boomerang: Sidewinder at HersheyPark

    First Giga: Intimadator 305 at King's Dominion

    First Floorless: Dominator at King's Dominion

     

    Favorite steel: Intimadator 305

    Favorite traditional wood: Gold Striker

    Favorite looping: Kumba

    Favorite launched: Cheetah Hunt

    Favorite inverted: Montu

    Favorite hyper: SkyRush (even if I'm a wimp when it comes to the restraints)

    Favorite giga: Intimadator 305

    Favorite floorless: Griffon

    Favorite suspended: Big Bad Wolf (still the only one I've been on)

    Favorite B&M: Kumba

    Favorite Intamin: Intimidator 305

    Favorite Arrow: Loch Ness Monster

    Favorite GCI: Goldstriker

  10. I've only ridden Dueling Dragons when it was actually dueling once, and I took it for granted. The ride isn't the same without the dueling aspect. I took my last ride on both about two weeks ago in the front row, and I'm sad to see it go. The thing is though is that I'm excited for whatever is replacing it. DD is a huge space that a good indoor roller coaster could take, but I also don't want another Gringotts. I would like something a bit more like a "roller-coaster" than Gringotts, and I just don't feel like DD had to go. It's whatever though.

  11. I understand that it's just a bunch of kids having fun, but I absolutely get annoyed whenever the Brazilian tour groups start chanting in the queues of every ride that resides in Florida. i get it that you're excited, but it's really annoying when you're trying to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the ride, and yet all you can hear is cheering and chanting from a bunch of kids.

  12. I love when people scream on roller coasters or log flumes when they go down the hill, it adds a bit of atmosphere. I love whenever I watch a ride from the distance, and I hear the guests on a rollercoaster/log flume screaming. Hearing the screams of the riders whenever a ride launches is another one of my favorite. It's why I love watching Rockin' Roller Coaster from the queue. I also love watching Splash Mountain or Dudley when a log full of screaming guests drops down.

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